Arsenal’s 0-0 draw at Burnley made it seven games without defeat, and a clean sheet isn’t something we’ve had too many of this season.
However, it was a disappointing day for Mikel Arteta and his team, spurning early chances to score through Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and thankful to Burnley for missing opportunities of their own.
It’s been difficult for this Arsenal side to play well for 90 minutes, something which is a concern to the manager and afterwards he was asked when he thought his team might produce that kind of display.
“I hope it doesn’t take long,” he said. “There have been different circumstances. I wouldn’t compare what happened today with what happened in the last four games, because for two of them we played with 10 men, which is not easy as well.
“We need more consistency, with the ball as well. We were fantastic in some moments, but were so sloppy and put ourselves in big trouble with a lot of unnecessary situations that we have to improve, because that gives the opponent an opportunity where there is a real scenario for nothing to happen.
“We need to improve that a lot.”
The injury to Bukayo Saka seemed to take the wind out of our sails, the delay in substituting him didn’t help either, but Arteta was a bit happier about the final stage of the game.
“The positive thing is the reaction in the last 20 minutes, when we started to play again,” he said.
“We had the courage to play and the courage to take the opportunity that they allowed.
“The space was there because they committed a lot of people forward but we couldn’t finish the actions well enough to score.”
Arsenal now have two weeks off, and with a training camp scheduled in Dubai for Arteta to work intensively on tactic things, let’s hope we start to see it soon.